Brentwood captain West praised 'near perfect' weekend
PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 May 2019
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Brentwood captain Aaron West says it was a 'near perfect weekend' as his dispatched title rivals Wanstead & Snaresbrook and progressed in the National Cup.
Nick Winter's seven-wicket haul helped set up Brentwood for a comfortable win on the first day of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season.
"It was a pretty near on perfect weekend for us, obviously beating Wanstead who are potentially one of our title rivals, and then a good win in the National Cup on Sunday.
"It couldn't have really gone any better for us."
Brentwood skipper Aaron West put the visitors into bat at the Old County Ground and saw Winter open his account by trapping Zain Shahzad lbw.
Bilal Patel fell cheaply to Ben Allison, before Winter bowled Hassan Chowdhury for 25 to leave the Herons 38-3.
Essex staffer Aron Nijjar was Winter's next victim, before Charlie Griffiths dismissed Tom Cummins to make it 51-5.
But captain Joe Ellis-Grewal helped steady the ship during a 57-run stand with Essex youngster Feroze Khushi, whose resistance was ended by Allison (2-40) after hitting a six and three fours in his innings of 40 off 74 balls.
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Ellis-Grewal (23) followed soon after to Winter, who completed his five-for by dismissing Jonathan Das for a second-ball duck.
And Winter removed Adnan Akram and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan with successive deliveries to finish with 7-31 as Wanstead weere skittled for 116 in the 39th over.
"We made a little bit of an investment in an overseas this year and it's paid dividends in one of the big games already.
"He's really showing what he's about."
Guy Balmford (26) put on 38 for the first Brentwood wicket with Essex youngster Will Buttleman, before falling to Bradley De Villiers, while West was stumped by Das off the bowling of Nijjar.
Jack Hebron (24 not out) put on an unbroken 55-run stand with Buttleman, who finished unbeaten on 50 from 72 balls after hitting a six and six fours to seal an eight-wicket victory.
"That's good for Will, one of his key targets this year was seeing games through, so for him to be 50 not out at the end just shows his class and why he's involved with Essex on a contract."
The Old County Ground club then secured a seven wicket win over Hadleigh & Thundersley in the second round of the National Cup.
"Everyone chipped in with the ball because we were about four players down on Sunday.
"It was good to see some of the other players step in and it was another really convincing performance."